It’s not very often at a fashion week that the day begins with an outstanding collection by a debutant designer and ends with another outstanding presentation by a more seasoned fashion designer, with many other nice shows in between.
On day two of the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week, at her debut showing aptly called Play, Payal Khandwala proved that she can play around with fabrics (linens, silks and cottons), colours (jewel tones, neutrals and whites) and techniques (colour blocking, layered in different hues and textures, looped, constructed, draped and pleated) successfully. Her collection was one of the best by a debutant designer, seen in recent times.
Yet another collection that drew attention from many quarters was the one presented by another first timer on the LFW fashion runway, Pia Pauro. She used embellishments on strategic formats and in attractive colour tones. The entire look was carefully done and overall, young and glamorous.
Interesting embroidery, large chunks of mirror work, extensive use of coin detailing, made her collection chic in the company of sparkling gold heels. Indeed, a fabulous start on a fashion runway.
Shift by young Nimesh was outstanding in many ways. In his second season at LFW, the way he chose to present his collection, unique in terms of its looks, was successful and stylish.
Even as he kept a few ultra high waists, the designer made sure his collection was for the stylish youth. Combinations of fabrics and the careful release of colours including some floral prints and cuts, made his presentation yet another hit for him on the fashion runway.
At her accessory showing, Suhani Pittie once again proved that she is here to rule the segment of stylish neckpieces and bangles. Using swan wings, peacock spiral rivets, leaves and vines as her motifs, Suhani made an attractive collection of bangles, cuffs, collar bands, belts, earring and neck bands.
At Disney Couture’s presentation of Memories of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Little Shilpa did what she is always best at… Interesting head gear, using an array of materials in creative ways that made the audience’s jaws drop.
As always, when the LED-lit head gear made its appearance, applause followed. Talented Nitin Bal Chouhan, on the other hand, treated his denims and engineered his other garments using prints in the most innovative forms. Easy on the eye aesthetically, but rather tough to make.
New York-based Bibhu Mohapatra’s landing on LFW’s fashion runway was ethereally realistic. The entire collection was tres chic and loaded with glamour.
The designer exaggerated his lengths — the pants covered the heels and gowns flowed freely as the models walked briskly on the runway. Laser cut inserts, darts, bondage straps, spine detailing and strategic placements of lace embroidery made his collection fit to be a finale one even as he debuted on this fashion runway.